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Common Types of Nursing Home Neglect

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For those who have parents or loved ones in nursing homes, regardless of the reason, often check up on their loved ones’ health and safety on a daily or weekly basis. From disabled adults to aging parents, a variety of people may stay in nursing homes for 24-hour medical and personal care. However, in tragic cases, these patients may be neglected or abused. It is vital for their loved ones to understand the most common types of nursing home neglect and abuse cases to keep an eye out for them.

Most of us will associate the typical nursing home abuse victim with an elderly person, which is the most tragic. Common cases in nursing home negligence include physical abuse of elderly patients. If you suspect that your loved one may have been physically abused, look for defensive wounds, untreated wounds, scars, weight loss, or sudden changes in behavior. As well, be on the lookout for signs of emotional of non-verbal abuse, characterized by low self-esteem, mood changes, and changes in sleeping patterns.

For some elderly patients and other patients that need 24-hour care, neglect may be possible in cases where the staff has become overwhelmed. It is rarely intentionally done to harm a resident, unlike physical or emotional abuse. Neglect indicates that your loved one is often left alone, is ignored when they need basic care, or is berated for asking for basic care when they need it. They may also be physically neglected when these basic needs are ignored and they are not properly bathed, fed, or given the medical care they need. In elderly patients with mobility issues in particular, bedsores are common because they are left in bed and cannot move on their own.

If you suspect that your loved one has been a victim of nursing home neglect, it is crucial that you speak up right away. Regardless of the reason for the neglect or abuse, the nursing home and the staff responsible should be held responsible for what they’ve done, or even hidden. Typically, a negligence suit can be brought up when the nursing home has failed to provide a safe environment, adequate health and safety policies, and the standard of health and care services for your loved one. It is crucial, of course, that you understand your state’s specific laws when you go forth with a case of nursing home neglect. Nursing home neglect, unfortunately, happens too often, so if you see it happening, report it immediately.

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